NEW YORK, NY — WSP, a global engineering and professional services consultancy and leader in the field of connected and automated vehicles (C/AV), was selected by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) to develop its C/AV strategic plan.
“This is a great opportunity to enable Minnesota to plan for and adapt to the rapidly changing mobility landscape,” said John D. Porcari, president of advisory services at WSP. “Connected and automated vehicles have the potential to change all aspects of mobility – from the way we commute, to how we plan and develop infrastructure for cities and towns. Federal, state and local agencies are increasingly asking whether there are actions that can be taken from a regulatory, legislative or policy viewpoint that would support and/or impact the evolution of these vehicles of the future.”
The plan seeks to establish investment priorities, recommend strategic changes to department operations and processes, and consider policy actions to help prepare for changes in mobility and safety brought about by these new technologies. The process will be driven by extensive outreach to constituencies across the state, in part by WSP engaging with MnDOT in a scenario planning process where the team will consider a range of future scenarios and establish priorities for creating positive outcomes for Minnesota. This plan is anticipated to be completed in early 2019.
WSP currently advises transportation agencies across the U.S. on the development and implementation of infrastructure and policies to proactively plan for these vehicles of the future. The firm is involved in planning, engineering and deployment of connected vehicle systems; advising public agencies on the impact of C/AV on their transportation systems (and how to plan for them); evaluation of scenarios for early deployment; and system requirements for field integration. In addition, WSP is helping clients explore what it means to be a Smart City, and how technology can support their objectives and improve quality of life for citizens.
The firm’s comprehensive C/AV capabilities are presented at: https://www.wsp.com/en-US/sectors/connected-and-automated-vehicles.
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